Brittney Burns – Staff Writer

Macon County plans to include funding for a new I.D. machine at the Macon County Register of Deeds office this summer. The community program is geared toward honoring local veterans, while driving commerce to area businesses.

“Thank a vet program will be a great benefit to our local veterans who have been honorably discharged from our armed services,” said County Manager Derek Roland. “Funding has been incorporated into the FY ’17-’18 county budget to get this program off the ground. The funding has been placed into the Register of Deeds’ budget and will go towards the purchase of a photo I.D. machine.”

Upon filing their honorable discharge papers with the Register of Deeds, veterans will receive a photo identification card. This card can be used at local businesses choosing to participate in the program to receive discounts on goods and services.

“This will be an excellent program and is one more way that Macon County can say thank you to those that have placed their lives on the line to defend our freedom,” said Roland.

The “Thank A Vet” card is a complimentary photo I.D. certified by the county that a veteran has produced their original discharge papers and has been honorably discharged.  The card will be available to any veteran who is a Macon County resident and honorably discharged from any branch of service of the United States Armed Forces.

Merchants interested in participating in the new program are encouraged to contact county manager Derek Roland. The participating businesses will be advertised on the county website free of charge.  Participating businesses will be given a sign to display in their business showing customers and veterans that they are a participant.